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Justin Pope
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Meet Hailey and Loki, our newest fosters. They are registered and spayed, possibly littermates (we don't have the papers at the moment), have lived together for all of their five years. Animal Control from a neighboring county reached out to our group to rescue them from a bad situation, so here they are. They are extremely overweight and have several sores we have to take care of, but they have a great personality and are treating the other dogs and cats well.
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Huh.. I'd of thought of Our Gang before Trek. Oh well, they are pretty pups. 
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When I was in high school, we had a huge band and orchestra trip to Orlando where we marched in one of the mid-day parades in Magic Kingdom, had a couple days in the parks, went to Cocoa Beach, and spent a few hours at KSC. Sadly, the trip was generally a pretty big disappointment because of having to buddy with other people and nobody else being as much of a nerdy geek as I was. The only thing I really remember about KSC was a couple of IMAX movies. We didn't get to go out and see the Saturn V at all.

So, I was really hopeful that we'd get a chance to get to KSC on this trip, especially with my geeky kids who are in to games like Kerbal Space Program, have watched rocket launches online with me, etc. Best of all, the new Atlantis exhibit was going to be open by the time we went. To his credit, although Nicholas was a little skeptical about taking a day away from roller coasters and theme park rides, he recognized how important it was for me so he let us add it on the schedule. And it helped that they've got an Angry Birds Space thing there too.

When you get to the new space shuttle exhibit, you have to go through a series of short movies that they put together to talk about some of the history of the shuttle program. At the end, the projector turns off, the screen rolls up, and this is what you see.

I knew I had to go here, but when I actually saw it I was overtaken by emotion to the point I was crying. Just a few feet out of reach, this thing right in front of me has been to space and back 33 times. The incredible engineering that designed and built these "flying bricks" and the people who kept them flying for nearly 30 years... I dont know if we'll see anything like this again in my lifetime.
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Now I am crying...
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The simple things: the kids were repeatedly enchanted by this white squirrel, which we saw hanging around every morning as we walked to breakfast.
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Make-a-Wish Day Whatever: Home. Going to sleep. Will catch up the missing stuff this weekend.
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Day Four, in progress. Hollywood Studios today. Much more relaxed. Every ride has elicited "awesome"s and "now that one I want to ride again"s. Also saw a couple of stunt shows, the Muppets show, Beauty and the Beast. Had a buffet dinner at Hollywood & Vine, which was great. Now to find a last thing to do before the closing show...
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Rough cuts. A lizard at the Village. Some pictures from the safari. A few group photos around the park.
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Here are some of the pictures from the last two full days. Universal was a whirlwind trying to get as much of both parks as we could, so there wasn't a lot of stopping for photos. I did manage to get a picture of the four kids who went on the Hulk ride as they zipped by mid-loop.

KSC was an hour drive, so we got started a little late, and since we also had to get back in time for Medieval Times for dinner, we ended up not seeing either of their 3D IMAX movies. The kids liked getting to climb around in mock-ups of the various space ships, and of course liked the Angry Birds exhibit. As for me, my own favorite part of the trip was being able to walk up to and around Atlantis in person.

After Medeival Times (which was as good as I remembered) we went to Downtown Disney to finish souvenir shopping. I took the boys and Emily in to the Lego store, while Karen and Sam went to the big Disney shop. Eventually, my resolve broke, and a part of the souvenirs we brought home were indeed Legos. I don't even know how that works, but whatever. 
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Just saying, it is impossible to take 5 kids into a store filled entirely of Legos and not buy Legos. Also, it is not really possible to spend only a few dollars on each kid in said store when all of the "Awesome!" sets are > $50. Hence it can be really expensive to go into the Lego store. But on the other hand Sam and I were able to walk all over Downtown Disney and not have to worry about the boys breaking things in the stores. Jupo and kids were happily entertained and engrossed in all things Lego for at least 2.5 hours. Which worked well for Sam and I as we could shop and get the final set of souvenirs without an entourage.
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This is the double Villa we stayed at in the Give Kids the World Village in Orlando. The whole property is duplexes, all renovated a couple of weeks ago. Once we had everything straightened out for the number of bedrooms we needed, it was a great place to stay.
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Day 4's photos. I took my good camera yesterday since there weren't any water rides planned, pretty happy with what I was able to get.

Besides what I posted yesterday, we did a couple character photos here at the Village. We figured this might be the only chance we'd have to get a photo with Mickey. A Mary Poppins character was here too, and the kids liked interacting with her and how she acted the part.

The Auto-Awesome gif of the speederbike is kinda cute, so I included it here. One of the cast members handed us a light saber and got the kids to pose in front of the AT-AT.

Alex did not go on the Tower of Terror, but he did get a picture with one of the creepy bellhops outside.

Got a few good family photos and some random portraits. I also threw in some photos from Fantasmic.
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  • Tucson Medical Center
    RN, Systems Analyst, 2005 - present
  • Diversified System Resources
    Technical Analyst, 1999 - 2003
  • Phillips Petroleum
    Science Intern, 1997 - 1998
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Registered Nurse, certifiable computer geek, and happy father to six children, ages 16 to 8.
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  • Tulsa Community College
    Associates in Nursing, 2002 - 2005
  • University of Oklahoma
    Computer Engineering (not completed), 1997 - 1998
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